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GTO to the Couch Potato: Next Time, We'd Like Some Superpowers

Tangent alert! While this article has nothing to do with large-scale biology, it's a fun thought exercise. In today's New York Times, John Tierney writes about philosopher Nick Bostrom and his concept that the universe we live in is actually someone else's virtual reality. "In fact," writes Tierney, "if you accept a pretty reasonable assumption of Dr. Bostrom’s, it is almost a mathematical certainty that we are living in someone else’s computer simulation." Sounds like the Matrix, we know, but here's the twist: we're virtual ancestors of advanced humans simulating their past.

 

The Scan

Could Cost Billions

NBC News reports that the new Alzheimer's disease drug from Biogen could cost Medicare in the US billions of dollars.

Not Quite Sent

The Biden Administration likely won't meet its goal of sending 80 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad by the end of the month, according to the Washington Post.

DTC Regulation Proposals

A new report calls on UK policymakers to review direct-to-consumer genetic testing regulations, the Independent reports.

PNAS Papers on Mosquito MicroRNAs, Acute Kidney Injury, Trichothiodystrophy

In PNAS this week: microRNAs involved in Aedes aegypti reproduction, proximal tubule cell response to kidney injury, and more.